Zoom F8n

Hire Price Per Day: £40 + VAT
Hire Price Per Week: £120 + VAT

Advances in video have made filmmaking accessible to creators everywhere. But the accessibility of professional audio devices has not kept pace. Field recorders, with essential features such as time code, have been unobtainable for most. Until now.

The F8n provides 8 discrete inputs with locking Neutrik XLR/TRS combo connectors. Each preamp has a dedicated gain control knob, a 6-segment LED level meter, and Record Ready and PFL switch. A 10-pin connector on the rear panel enables the use of Zoom mic capsules, with an optional extension cable that allows for remote positioning. There’s also a built-in slate mic and a variable frequency slate tone generator to confirm levels.

The F8n is equipped with Advanced Look-Ahead Hybrid Limiters that provide overload protection no matter what comes your way. By adding a 1 millisecond delay, the limiters “look ahead” anticipating clipping before it’s recorded. Limiting is applied to each of the 8 channels simultaneously at full resolution, with 10 to 20 dB of headroom to ensure pristine audio on every take.

The F8n’s dual-channel recording mode allows you to create safety tracks by doubling up the recordings from inputs 1-4 onto tracks 5-8. Tracks can be controlled independently, allowing you to customise each safety track with different gain, limiting, and more.

Volume, clarity, and immersion are equally important for proper monitoring in the field. That’s why updates have been made to the F8n’s headphone processing to maximise all three. A digital gain boost has been added to minimise ambient bleed, which can cause comb filtering resulting in poor audio quality. Signals can be freely routed to the left and/or right headphone channels, pre- or post-fader. Additionally, the headphone output can be switched to mono. You also can set headphone alert tones for low battery, recording start/stop, or recording errors.

The F8n records in BWF-compatible WAV formats up to 24-bit resolution and at sample rates up to 192 kHz. When recording files in MP3, you can choose bit rates of 128, 192, or 320 kbps.

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Included in Kit

1x Zoom F8
1x 32GB SD card

Specs

Recording Media:
Dual SD card slots supports:
16MB–2GB SD cards, 4GB–32GB SDHC cards and 64GB–512GB SDXC cards

Inputs 1-8:
Connectors:
XLR/TRS combo jacks (XLR: 2 hot, TRS: TIP hot)

Input Source Set To Mic:
Input gain: +10 – +75 dB
Input impedance: 2 kΩ
Maximum input level: +14 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)
Phantom power: +24/+48V 10mA maximum for each channel

Input Source Set To Line:
Input gain: -10 – +55 dB
Input impedance: 2.6 kΩ
Maximum input level: +24 dBu (at 0 dBFS, limiter ON)

Inputs: Additional Info:
Equivalent input noise: −127 dBu or less (A-weighted, +75dB input gain, 150Ω input)
Frequency characteristics: 10 Hz – 80 kHz +0.5dB/−1dB (192kHz sampling rate)
A/D dynamic range: 120 dB typ (−60dBFS input, A-weighted)
Crosstalk: −90 dB or less (between adjacent channels, 1kHz)
Mic In: Zoom mic capsule input (use disables Inputs 1/2)
Slate Mic: Built-in mic for voice memos can be assigned to tracks freely

Outputs: Main Out 1/2:
Connectors: TA-3 connectors, balanced output (2: hot)
Output impedance: 150 Ω or less
Reference output level: −10 dBV (normal output level), +4 dBu (Output Level: Line), 1 kHz, 600Ω load
Maximum output level: +10 dBV (normal output level), +24 dBu (Output Level: Line), 1 kHz, 600Ω load

Outputs: Sub Out 1/2
Connector: 3.5mm stereo mini unbalanced output jack
Output impedance: 100 Ω or less
Reference output level: −10 dBV (normal output level), −40 dBV (mic output level), 1 kHz, 10kΩ load
Maximum output level: +10 dBV (normal output level), -20 dBV (mic output level), 1 kHz, 10kΩ load

Headphone:
Connector: 1/4″ unbalanced stereo output jack
Output impedance: 15 Ω or less
Maximum output level: 100mW + 100mW (32Ω load)
D/A:
D/A dynamic range: 106 dB typ (−60dBFS input, A-weighted)

Recording Formats: When WAV Selected:
Supported formats: 44.1/47.952/48/48.048/88.2/96/192kHz, 16/24-bit, mono/stereo//2-10ch poly, BWF and iXML
Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 10 (8 inputs + stereo mix)
8 (at 192kHz sampling rate)

Recording Formats: When Mp3 Selected:
Supported formats: 128/192/320kbps, 44.1/48kHz, ID3v1 tags
Maximum simultaneous recording tracks: 2

Recording Time:
Using a 32GB card: 30:51:00 (48 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV)
7:42:00 (192 kHz/24-bit stereo WAV)

Time Code:
Connector: BNC
Modes: Off, Int Free Run, Int Record Run, Int RTC Run, Ext, Ext Auto Rec (audio clock can be synchronized to timecode)
Frame rates: 23.976ND, 24ND, 25ND, 29.97ND, 29.97D, 30ND, 30D
Precision: ±0.2 ppm
Supported input levels: 0.2 – 5.0 Vpp
Input impedance: 4.6 kΩ
Output level: 3.3 Vpp
Output impedance: 50 Ω or less

Power:
Batteries: 8 AA
AC adapter: AC adapter: AD-19 DC12V 2A (center plus)
External DC power supply: HIROSE HR10A-7R-4S 4-pin connector (1 pin: −, 4 pin: +), 9–18 V
Power consumption: 15 W

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